High-end touring company Tauck has added a new 14-day tour of northern Spain for 2020. The itinerary explores Barcelona and Madrid, traverses the Pyrenees Mountains, visits the La Rioja wine region and takes guests to the seaside town of San Sebastian. Highlights include hotel stays in the ultra-modern Hotel Marques de Riscal and the centuries-old Parador de Santiago de Compostela, and a gastromical seven-course meal inside a ninth-century castle.
In Northern Spain on Tauck’s new Northern Spain, the Rioja Valley and Madrid tour, guests tour Rioja Valley and Madrid, including the Marques de Riscal was envisioned as a 21st-century chateau by its world-famous architect Frank Gehry. Located in Elciego and set amid the vineyards of the Marques de Riscal winery, guests will enjoy a tour and tasting and visit the nearby 1,000-year-old town of Haro.
Guests also enjoy a two-night stay at what is widely viewed as the world’s oldest hotel, the Parador de Santiago de Compostela. Originally constructed in 1486 by Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel, the hotel is located at the terminus of the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James pilgrimage route, near the town’s cathedral.
Local history and culture will also be revealed throughout the rest of the itinerary, particularly when Tauck’s guests enjoy dinner inside Castell de Ciutat, a ninth-century castle fortress in La Seu d’Urgell. Guests will be served a seven-course wine-tasting dinner inside the castle that highlights local culinary traditions and showcases regional wines.
The itinerary rounds out with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (lead image), walking tours in Barcelona, La Seu d’Urgell and San Sebastian, and the chance to walk along both the Running of the Bulls” route in Pamplona and the final lengths of the Way of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Following a flight to Madrid, the tour concludes with a guided exploration of the city during a two-night hotel stay at the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques.
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